Queen perform Bohemian Rhapsody at Live Aid in 1985

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The Great British public have cast their votes for the Top 500 most loved songs of all time. While Queen’s mighty epic usually romps home at the top, it has been nudged down one spot by someting rather more bittersweet and gentle. It turns out we are a nation of softies with our hearts (and ears) firmly fixed in the past. Over 75,000 people voted and we can now reveal the top songs, bands, and male and female artists of all time.

Queen fans shouldn’t get too upset, the band’s 1975 classic is still right at the top sitting pretty at number two.

But the UK’s favourite song is actually Careless Whisper by George Michael. The iconic ballad has also just hit four million global streams.

The results have been coming in all through the Bank Holiday weekend on Smooth Radio which reveal Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror and Billie Jean are at number three and five, with George Michael also scoring the number four spot with A Different Corner.

George’s sister has responded proudly to the news.

Yioda Panayiotou made a joint statement with Chris Organ, the joint executor of George Michael’s estate.

They said: “We are once again bowled over to hear the amazing news that, for the third year running, Careless Whisper has been voted number one in Smooth’s All Time Top 500, in 2021.

“To know that George’s music continues to be loved by his fans and Lovelies all over the world means everything to us, as it would have done to George.”

Not only that, George was also voted the most popular male artists, with 17 songs in the Top 500.

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As well as Careless Whisper and A Different Corner, George’s Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, his duet with Sir Elton John, is at number 15, followed by Father Figure at 51 and Jesus To A Child at 60.

Elton John was the runner-up with 16 songs on the list, followed by Michaal Jackson, Lionel Richie and Phil Collins.

The most popular female singer is Whitney Houston with 13 songs (I Will Always Love You comes in at number 16), followed by Madonna, Adele, Celine Dion and Tina Turner.

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Despite regularly topping polls worldwide with Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen did not make the Top 5 bands. That honour went to ABBA with 12 songs on the list, headed by Dancing Queen at number 14.

The Bee Gees are next with 10 entries, followed by Take That, The Beatles and The Carpenters close behind.

Hopefully Freddie Mercury and George M ichael are somewhere toasting yet another success – gone but absolutely never forgotten.

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